After years of unexplainable health events, you found out you have one or more of the MTHFR variants. Now, you want to take steps towards restored health. I'm sure you've heard it before, but I'll say it again...detox, detox, detox. This article is all about how to detox like a MTHFR.
There are two types of detox - intense and gentle. Both serve their own purposes, but must be conducted differently.
Intense detox is, well, intense. If your body is in toxic overload and there is no time to gently detox over an extended period of time, an intense detox may be in order. Attempting to quickly clear the body of toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic would fall under this category. This type of detox must be conducted under the supervision of a functional physician. The reason you should not attempt to do an intense detox on your own is because it must be conducted in a specific way in order to be safe.
A binder is substance that attaches to the toxin, and basically escorts it out of your body. Some examples are chlorella, zeolite, and activated charcoal. Without the use of a proper binder, your detox program may stir up extremely dangerous heavy metals and other toxins without giving them the necessary way of exit. This could actually leave you even more ill than before attempting to detox! Even when done safely, an intense detox can involve some unpleasant side effects. Hence, why you don't want to do this type of thing without proper supervision.
I did an intense detox through my functional physician after a health crisis. It was difficult and uncomfortable at times, but definitely necessary. If you feel that an intense detox is what you or your child needs, please set up an appointment with a functional physician. He or she will create an effective and safe program suitable to your needs.
The gentle detox is for someone who has either already gone through an intense detox and is now looking for ways to continue to support their body's natural detoxification abilities, or someone whose health complications are mild enough to warrant skipping the intense detox altogether and focus solely on gentle methods. This blog is full of ideas for gentle detox, so please take a look around. Think of gentle detox as anything that supports your body's natural ability to flush toxins and heal itself.
Here are some ideas in no particular order:
1. Avoid folic acid in supplements and fortified food. Opt for methylated B vitamins in supplements and stick with sources of natural folate.
2. Avoid processed food.
3. Eat lots of leafy green veggies.
4. Try to eat organic as much as possible.
5. Try juicing vegetables on a regular basis.
6. Drink teas that support detoxification, such as green, oolong, dandelion root, and milk thistle, as well as lemon water.
7. Avoid medications that decrease glutathione, our master detoxification antioxidant - namely Tylenol (acetaminophen).
8. Consume lots of antioxidants - think a variety of colorful veggies and fruits.
9. Try medicinal mushrooms, such as Chaga, Lion's Mane, Shiitake, Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Cordyceps. Porcini, a culinary mushroom contains the highest levels of glutathione that MTHFRs are usually depleted of.
11. Try rebounding for exercise - rebounding is the best form of exercise for your lymphatic system, which supports detoxification.
12. Get some sleep - seriously, your body simply can not heal itself if you're not sleeping properly.
13. Keep your bowels open - it's crucial for this pathway to be open in order to flush toxins. Eating healthy helps, but magnesium supplements, prunes, and coconut oil can further assist.
14. Try an infra-red sauna.
There are so many more ways that you can gently detox your body on a regular basis, but these are some solid suggestions to get you started in your journey!
Have you ever undergone an intense detox? Are you faithfully living a gentle detox lifestyle now? Tell us how you detox like a MTHFR!